There are two types of treatment for missing teeth, one of which is dental implants and the other is the dental bridge method. The dental bridge method can be combined with an implant. Although dental implant treatment is healthier, sometimes dental bridge treatment may be preferred. We will examine the differences between these two treatments in this article.
A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the area where the teeth are missing and is usually anchored to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. These anchoring teeth are known as abutments, and they serve as the main support for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
There are 4 types of treatment that are frequently used for dental bridge treatment. Our doctors at Videntis can determine which treatment is more suitable for you. We do not recommend making a decision without consulting your doctor. When we look at the dental bridge types:
Traditional Bridges: These are the most common type of dental bridges. They involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between.
Cantilever Bridges: These are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. It's not very common, and it's not recommended for the back of the mouth where it can put too much pressure on other teeth.
Maryland Bonded Bridges: Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, this type involves metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge that are bonded to your existing teeth.
Implant-Supported Bridges: These are used when more than one tooth is missing. Instead of being supported by crowns or frameworks, these bridges are supported by dental implants. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position.
Dental bridges have several benefits. They can restore your smile and the ability to properly chew and speak. They also help in maintaining the shape of your face, distributing the forces in your bite properly, and preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position. However, they also have some cons, such as the need for healthy adjacent teeth to be reshaped and the risk of these teeth becoming damaged or decayed in the long term. Therefore, it's important to discuss with your dentist to see if a dental bridge is the best option for you.
Dental implants and dental bridges are two different methods used to replace missing teeth. The main differences between the two lie in the procedure, longevity, cost, and the effect on your oral health. When we compare these two treatment methods:
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that's surgically inserted into the jawbone below the gum line, acting as an artificial tooth root. An abutment is then attached to the post, and a crown is mounted on top to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is a prosthesis that 'bridges' the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A typical bridge consists of a pontic (a false tooth) held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap.
-Implants are extremely durable. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
- Bridges, on average, last between 5 to 15 years, depending on oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
-The process involves a surgical procedure and can require several months for the implant to heal and integrate with the bone.
- Bridges are less invasive than implants and don't require surgery. The procedure to fit a bridge is quicker and less complex.
- Unlike bridges, implants don't require altering the structure of neighboring teeth.
-To fit a bridge, the adjacent teeth must be filed down to accommodate the crowns.
- Implants are generally more expensive upfront than bridges.
When we compare in general, dental implants look much more natural. At the same time, they are much more compatible with the gums and look more aesthetic. It is possible to say that dental implants are a more permanent solution. The first preferred treatment method, although a little more troublesome, is indisputably dental implants.
An implant-supported bridge is a restorative solution for missing teeth that combines dental implants and dental bridges. This option is typically used when you have more than one tooth missing in the same area.
In a traditional dental bridge, the false tooth or teeth (known as pontics) are supported by dental crowns that are cemented onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap. In an implant-supported bridge, instead of being supported by crowns on natural teeth, the bridge is supported by dental implants.
The prices for dental bridges can vary significantly based on the materials used. On average, in Turkey, the cost of a metal-supported dental bridge for four teeth ranges between 550 and 650 dollars. For a zirconium dental bridge, again for an average of four teeth, the price is between 700 and 800 dollars. In the United States and Europe, the cost for a single tooth is around 3,000 dollars on average.
Based on this data, it's fair to say that the cost of treatment in Turkey is 10 to 15 times cheaper.
If you choose professional dental clinics like Videntis Dental Center, you can have your dental bridge treatment in peace and return home with your beautiful new smile! One of the main advantages of getting treatment at Videntis is the opportunity to have a perfect vacation in Izmir and Turkey, known for their excellent gastronomic, cultural, and historical offerings. Fill out a form right now or call us, open the doors to an incredible dental holiday experience!
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